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  • Emma Gehrman

Important Dates

December 20 - Minimum Day

PM K students attend school 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Holiday Party Volunteer Sign-ups:

December 23-January 7 - Winter Break

No school

January 20 - MLK Day

No school

February 17 - Presidents Day

No school

February 18 - Staff Development Day

No school for students


M, Tu, Th, Fri - 

11:40 AM → 3:10 PM

Wednesdays - 

8:00 → 11:30 AM

Special Person

Everyone gets a special week in our Kindergarten class!

Special Person Schedule 2019-20 (DOCX)

Special Person Instructions (PDF)

Class Friend

Meet Steve the Sloth!

Each child will have several opportunities throughout the school year to take Steve home. Names are chosen randomly each day until all the children have had a turn to take him home, then we begin the process all over again, and continue through the end of the year.  Our special friend travels in a tote bag and always brings his journal. Children can draw a picture of themselves and Steve at their home doing whatever they did for fun that day. Below the picture is space for writing. The next day at school, the selected student tells us all about their adventures with Steve from the previous day. He is huggable, friendly, and always up for an adventure!

Emma Gehrman

Sharing Assignment:


***due Friday, December 13th!***

Theme: "My favorite holiday is ___________, because..."

The worksheet and instructions for this assignment were sent home today. Students should respond to the prompt with at least 2 complete sentences and an illustration. Invented, phonetic spelling is encouraged and totally acceptable. Please help your child practice reading their response, so they are prepared to do so independently on Friday. Their ability to read/present their ideas orally is equally as important as their written work. 

In-Class Volunteer Opportunities

Classroom Stations (Room 302) 

Tuesdays & Fridays ~ 12:40 - 1:45 PM

*Wednesday Specials*

Computer Lab (Room 604) 8:30 - 9:00 AM

PE (MPR) 9:00 - 9:30 AM


***Volunteer Clearance***

If you plan to volunteer at school, please follow the link to the district volunteer management portal:

Please view the information and follow the instructions to apply for the appropriate clearance.


Any time you are available to volunteer is incredibly helpful to me and grants the students more guidance and support when approaching new and challenging activities. Your involvement will truly enrich the students’ experiences at school.

Please volunteer any time if you can--your presence in our classroom will strengthen our teaching team and foster community!


About Me

College and Degree: 

Boston University, Boston, MA ~ BA Psychology & Cultural Anthropology

Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY ~ MA Early Childhood Education/Early Childhood Special Education

Teaching Experience & Philosophy: 

This is my third year teaching at Bollinger Canyon Elementary, a community of dedicated teachers and families that strive to enrich students' school experiences and develop lifelong learners.

In my practice, ongoing, purposeful observation and documentation shape my assessment and planning processes, to strategically engage and support individual students as they learn and grow. I view my young students’ families and primary caregivers as critical members of my teaching team. To provide my students with equitable opportunities for growth, development, and learning, I strive to build open, flexible, and ongoing lines of communication with my students and their families. The nature and quality of the student-teacher relationship is central to the early childhood experience. Therefore, I strive to form authentic, respectful, and supportive relationships with each student, to provide effective differentiated instruction and guidance.

Little Known Interesting Facts or Information about Me: 

This summer, I taught the Get Ready Get Set Kindergarten enrichment class at Twin Creeks Elementary, which was a blast! My partner, Dylan, and I also spent time hanging out with our silly kitty, Quentin, this summer. I will have tons of funny stories to share with the students about Quentin's crazy antics. 

My family is from Wisconsin, and consequently, I am an avid Green Bay Packers fan! I am an aunt to my younger brother's amazing twin one-year-old daughters, who I love very much and tend to spoil when I'm home during holiday breaks.

I learned to ski as an adult, and I can't wait for this upcoming ski season in Tahoe!

Class News

December 2-6, 2019

Dear Families,

I hope you all had a relaxing holiday break and that the kids enjoyed the week off from school! We will be very busy in kindergarten over the next few weeks with assessments and projects to be completed before our Winter Break. Many of our assessments in kindergarten require that I work individually with my students. As you can imagine, with a class of 22 students, this takes a lot of time to complete, in order to provide you with the most accurate representation of your child's progress on their Semester 1 report card. Attendance during the next few weeks is critical as we attempt to finish the majority of these tasks before the break. Please try to have your child in school everyday. Obviously, if your child is ill, they need to stay home. If your child must miss school for a planned trip, please let me know ahead of time so that I can work with them before you leave. I greatly appreciate your consideration and support. 

With the colder and rainy weather now here, we all need to be wearing our jackets! If your child cannot put on or take off their jacket independently, please work with them at home to learn how to do this. Also, Winter Break is an ideal time to learn how to tie shoes! Thank you for helping your child with learning and practicing these basic, but very important skills.

December Challenges and December Scholastic Book orders were sent home today. Flyer/check orders are due by Friday 12/20.  Alternatively, you may submit online orders at up until Monday 12/30. When submitting an online order, please remember to use our class code: QGDH8. Thank you for helping our class earn free books to add to our classroom library!

To keep up on the letters and sight words we have learned so far in kindergarten, please follow the designated links below. I have highlighted the letters and words we have covered.

Letters & Sounds:

Kindergarten Sight Word List:

I encourage you to review these concepts with your child at home. Check out the CLASS RESOURCES bulletin if you're looking for things to help with letter formation and flashcards. Please let me know if you have any questions. 

Library books are due every Wednesday! If students don't need to keep their library books home for the full week, I will collect them in the classroom ahead of time. In order to check out a new book, students must return the one they had previously checked out. Please help your child learn this new responsibility. I really want everyone to be able to check out a new book each week!

Have a wonderful weekend!



Emma Gehrman

Check out the CLASS RESOURCES below if you are looking for extra at-home practice to help your student work on critical skills and review material that will reinforce our classroom curriculum. I will add to and update the list of class resource links throughout the year.